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terminal moraine

noun, Geology
a moraine marking the farthest advance of a glacier or ice sheet.
Origin of terminal moraine
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The topography has many hills and hollows typical of the terminal moraine.
  • The topography of the area from east to west ranges from relatively level ground moraine to steeply rolling terminal moraine.
  • If the moraine occurs at the point of farthest advance of a glacier, it is called terminal moraine.
  • River results from terminal moraine separating two lakes.
  • Valparaiso terminal moraine marks its furthest southern advance before receding.
  • The cemetery is situated on a terminal moraine, and punctuated by rich topographic variation.
  • The coarser sediments were deposited nearer the terminal moraine.
  • The topography has the many hills and hollows typical of the terminal moraine.
  • It is notable in that it is impounded by a lateral moraine, rather than the terminal moraine.
terminal moraine in Science
terminal moraine  
See under moraine.
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